Are you a fan of your fans?
At present I spend a large amount of ear-time on SoundCloud looking for peer gems that tickle my fancy. To my understanding however, the site doesn’t really hold much attention of the non-artist, general buying public type and it is mostly once again artists streaming to other artists. During this oftentimes ear splitting, hair raising and thoroughly cringe worthy process I check on the artist stats to see if I would like to support their efforts by including my picture among their Follower list.
Before I dive into this belly first (forget feet or head first, that’s not me, lol) let me say… I never heard a Kanye West song, that I am aware of, prior to first hearing him proclaim his status as Genius. I still ain’t never listened to one of his songs that would apparently make the doves in Heaven cry.
If during my listening in the Cloud I use the button to state my Like of a song but the artist Follows none or ZERO while racking up a modest crowd to give the impression they are more than who they are with, unfortunately more than oftentimes, mediocre sounds, they don’t require my support and so I don’t follow. Within our non red carpet walking shoes and non hanging around Bill and his Charts that he staples to some Board, we are shipmates rowing laboriously on Barracuda laden waters together!
Are not Stats that are publicly visible just HYPE?
Do you HYPE other ARTISTS to join your ranks to help HYPE even more so?
I am a, Reciprocity type fellow with a host of “Radical Candor” dangling forever on the tip of my tongue and every instance an artist, because I may have pressed play once on one of their tracks randomly, now has decided I want to be on their mailing list for new releases, gets a lash from my tongue. Only one artist in this round of Community Support has responded after getting my lashing and now we are occasional chat mates.
How many times have I opened a Message to find my first name not even used in a Greeting and the Hype oozing all over my computer screen with another genius track by someone I ain’t never heard of?
Anyways… not ranting and raving just quite yet… it is too early in the morning and everyone is still sound asleep except me with 4 cups of coffee in me already, it is more a curiosity than anything butt I’d still like to have another perspective maybe on the matter that probably really doesn’t matter too much at all as, I should be sure that by now we are all aware that any Site’s visible Stats are but just one tool to get a spin or a view or any number of yadda yadda yaddas and they cannot determine prior whether or not pressing play was personally worth the while or not.